• Products availability significantly relates to website visual appeal.
• Website complexity significantly relates to website visual appeal.
• Website visual appeal is a determinant of normative evaluation.
• Website visual appeal is a determinant of instant gratification.
• Determinants of felt urge to buy impulsively are reported.
A multitude of evidences show impulse purchase is prevalent online, yet relatively limited knowledge is available on this phenomenon. The study borrows marketing wisdom to information systems space to quantify how the website cues (products availability, website ease of use and visual appeal) affect personality traits (instant gratification, normative evaluation and impulsiveness) to urge the impulse purchase online. Structural equation modelling technologies are employed to evaluate the research model based on a survey questionnaire. The results show that personality factors of instant gratification, normative evaluation and impulsiveness are key determinants of urge to buy impulsively, while perceived websites cues of visual appeal, website ease of use and products availability are important precursors. Through combining marketing and IS wisdom, a number of new insights are offered which enrich our understanding on the determinants of online impulse purchase decision as well as on how a proper IS design alters consumer shopping experience to engender more online impulse purchase.
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